Sony debuts first HDR 4K projector at IFA 2015, updates UHD range

posted on Wednesday, 2nd September 2015 by Steve May

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Sony has unveiled two new native 4K projectors at IFA 2015. The HDR-enabled VPL-VW520ES and VPL-VW320ES will replace the VW500ES and VW300ES, and introduce a longer lamp life, rated at 6,000 hours. The new SXRD models feature HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP 2.2. To aid installation, the 3D RF transmitter is built in to the bodywork. Dynamic contrast is quoted at 300,000:1, with brightness at 1,8,00 lumens. The VPL-VW520ES also features Auto-Calibration, previously seen on the VPL-VW1100ES.  

“These new 4K projectors from Sony demonstrate our commitment to the native 4K resolution and HDR imagery, which guarantees the most immersive cinematic experience. Our projectors further support this through SXRD technology to achieve high-resolution images without the need to compromise between deep contrast and motion capabilities. We want our customers to enjoy true 4K, whether it is in a dedicated dark room or a living room,” said Thomas Issa, Product Manager at Sony Professional Europe.“But it’s not only about what’s on the inside any more. We now offer these devices in white to suit the needs of modern installation scenarios, which often mean the projectors are features of their rooms, rather than being hidden away out of sight. For us, the technology and design go hand in hand to provide the true home cinema experience.”

Both new projectors will be available with a white finish, as well as regulation black. They will retail for £6,000 and £8,800 respectively.

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Sony has also announced a new Full HD projector, the VPL-HW65ES. It uses the same long life lamp as the new 4K models. Brightness has been upped to 1,800 lumens, with contrast at 120,000:1. The VPL-HW65ES will also offer full IP control, an is part of the Crestron Connected program. Sony says it will also release a calibration app, entitled Projection Calibration Pro.

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Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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